reopening of the trial of Cardinal Joseph Zen – Swiss Catholic Portal
The trial of Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, resumed on October 26, 2022 in West Kowloon Courtroom alongside 5 different defendants who took half within the 2019 pro-democracy motion. The town prosecutor has accused the defendants of failing to correctly register a humanitarian fund of which they have been the directors.
The defendants danger a effective of as much as the equal of 1,750 Swiss francs for “failure to register” the Humanitarian Support Fund 612, which lined the medical and authorized prices of the arrested Hong Kong protesters, experiences the location Asian Church buildings.
On Could 11, 2022, police arrested the Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong and 5 different defendants for “collusion with international forces”a extra severe crime that is dependent upon the controversial nationwide safety legislation, imposed two years in the past by Beijing.
The defendants pleaded not responsible: based on their legal professionals, the fund didn’t must be registered as an organization. Based on the protection, the legislation in query is unconstitutional as a result of the definition given of a “society” is ambiguous and what’s required goes past what is critical to guard nationwide safety and public order.
The prosecution countered that the 612 Fund is, quite the opposite, political in nature, and was due to this fact not affected by the exemption from registration. Prosecutor Anthony Chau Tin additionally primarily based his reasoning on the truth that the aid fund obtained appreciable sums (practically $58 million) and arranged press conferences and fundraisers. The construction additionally sponsored 29 political campaigns and employed employees.
Decide Ada Yim Shun-yee of the West $Kowloon District Courtroom adjourned the trial till October 31 when protection legal professionals will seem. (cath.ch/eda/asianews/bh)
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